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Trump signs order to boost efficiency in federal agencies

Trump signs order to boost efficiency in federal agencies
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President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE signed an executive order on Thursday designed to boost the environmental performance of federal agencies. 

The order mandates that federal agencies reduce the overall energy consumption of their buildings, implement waste prevention and recycling measures and reduce water consumption, among other measures.

"Were going to run government smoothly, efficiently, and on behalf of the very hardworking taxpayers — something that the taxpayers haven't seen in a long time," Trump said in a statement. 

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The measure aims to curb federal spending on energy and waters at its more than 350,000 buildings across the country. Last year, federal agencies spent more than $6 billion on energy for buildings and $635 million on water, the White House said. 

The measure also orders federal agencies to meet statutory requirements related to renewable energy and electricity. 

The order charges Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueSonny PerdueThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Georgia election day is finally here; Trump hopes Pence 'comes through for us' to overturn results Civil war between MAGA, GOP establishment could hand Dems total control Trump administration races to finish environmental rules, actions MORE, Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryFormer Texas Supreme Court justice jumps into state's AG Republican primary race Texas governor signs 'fetal heartbeat' abortion bill Tomorrow's special election in Texas is the Democrats' best House hope in 2021 MORE, General Services Administrator Emily Murphy and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOklahoma AG resigns following news of divorce, alleged affair Court sets in motion EPA ban on pesticide linked to developmental issues Scientific integrity, or more hot air? MORE, as well as the Council on Environmental Quality, to develop guidance and a timeline for federal agencies to implement the policies.